Fujifilm GFX | Part 1 | Hands-On

Hi everyone, I'm Jonathan SAYEB Photographer and Owner of Enzo Creation and Today I'm super excited to put my hands on the new Fujifilm GFX50s so let's check it out:

This small review was made possible thanks to Anh Duc Digital in Danang and Fujifilm vietnam who very nicely offered me to test the camera for few days.

Ok Let's get back to our review. Here is the plan, since most of my work is purely commercial like resorts, hotels, products, fashion, food photography, what I'll do is try to take you through each of these assignments with the Fujifilm GFX50s and see how it performs compare to my workhorse the Nikon D750.

Let's start with the first impression of the camera itself:

Ergonomics:
The GFX sits very well in my hand and even though it's big and on the heavy side it feels very comfortable and secure. One of the main reason is the deep front grip and its angle but more importantly the rear thumb grip which I freaking love! (All cameras should have something similar!). When compared to the D750, the GFX feels way better in term of overall ergonomics. Even the texture of the camera itself feels more premium on the GFX. When comparing the weight between the 2 cameras (Fuji with 32-64mm Fujinon zoom lens and D750 with 15-30 Tamron zoom lens) it feels that they are pretty much the same weight but because the ergonomics of the GFX are so much better, somehow the camera feels lighter or easier to hold in your hand for a longer period of time.
Medium format at the size and weight of a full frame, that's totally true with this camera.

The Fuji Dials from Heaven:
All of us Fuji shooters love our shutter and Iso dials, with the GFX fuji did it again and even better. Both the Iso and Shutter dials are taller and sit closer to the edge which make them even easier to adjust with only your thumb (instead of using 2 fingers in the case of my XT2). To summarize they just feel more professional, heavy duty and easier to access compared to the XT2. (Well they better be for 4 times the price :) )

A Plethora of customizable Buttons:
Something I really love with this camera is that fuji decided to make pretty much all buttons customizable, they even stripped the labels on most of them to make it even more of a fully customized experience. For professional it's really a great idea because we never look at the back of our camera and read the labels to access a function, it's all about muscle memory and knowing what is where.

The Touch Screen:
The screen is nice and big but in bright Vietnamese sunny days is hard to see. The touch feature is really nice to have but somehow I didn't really use as much as I thought I would. The main reason is because the touch feature can become handy mostly when the camera is on a tripod while shooting landscape or product photography in studio. I wouldn't go as far as saying that this is a gimmick but pressing to rear dial to zoom at 100% to check the focus compare to double tapping the back of the screen really isn't that big of a deal. Same goes for reviewing pictures, scrolling the front dial instead of swiping the rear screen..... Hmmm maybe I could get used to it.... the fact is that it didn't blow my mind with "WOWNESS". I did feel a bit disappointed though when it came to what I think would be a more handy application for the touch screen and I'm talking about video focus. When in video mode the GFX disables the touch screen and I felt that it really was a bummer. Hopefully they will fix this in addition to adding a 4K recording option and maybe a way to focus ramp just by choosing your focus point like on the panasonic GH5.
To finish with the screen, just like on the XT2 they implemented the additional vertical tilt and it really is a great feature. At the beginning I wasn't too sure about it and how it would work in everyday use but now I use it all the time when shooting portraits at a very low angle.

The Electronic Viewfinder:
Compared to the XT2 it feels alright but it seems that the refresh rate is not as high. Sometime it gets quite jerky in there and the huge sensor readout would definitely be the cause. Also, I got quite used to shoot with the battery grip in boost mode on the XT2 which takes the viewfinder refresh rate to another level. Another thing that I noticed with the GFX viewfinder, was that there are much more noise in the shadow areas and that very often the image captured is way underexposed compare to what you actually see in the viewfinder. I tried to set the EVF brightness to -2 to prevent this to happen but it still felt a bit underexposed.
One last point about the EVF and really something that I love, is the fact that it's protruding from the camera body. It's a breeze to place your eye in the very comfortable eyepiece without smashing your nose too much on the back screen.

Summary:
This camera is definitely not the prettiest/sexiest on the market but its ergonomics are freaking AMAZING!!!!

In the next video i'll take the GFX to test it in the real world and the first stop will be the Danang Fish Market on My Khe Beach, where I started photography 3 years ago thanks to the Awesome Stephanie Aubriot.

I hope you liked my first attempt at making a product review and feel free to tell me in the comment what you disliked so I can try to improve the next videos in this series.

Thank you all for reading and watching and I'll see you guys very soon. Bye Bye.